The new world of work has created more complex challenges for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts – one of them being the covert nature of exclusion via affinity bias and proximity bias. These biases unknowingly favour employees within the leaders’ line of sight or shared experience. When left unchecked, important DE&I progress becomes undermined when these unconscious biases influence leaders’ perceptions of their workforce, stifling creativity and innovation and leading to a sharp decrease in employee morale. The HR senior plays a critical role in addressing these challenges, but only if they ensure that the DE&I programmes they implement help employees to understand unconscious biases, and reduce the impact these biases have on cultivating a culture of inclusion.
• Beyond obvious biases like race, gender and sexual orientation, what should HR leaders be looking out for to spot expressions of unconscious biases in the workplace?
• What steps can senior leaders take to foster an “excellence from anywhere” culture that is inclusive of all?
• How can leaders evaluate and modify performance assessment and promotion processes to mitigate biases and ensure objectivity and fairness?
• How can leaders maintain open and transparent communication channels to ensure employees feel comfortable reporting instances of bias and exclusion, and what actions can we take to address these concerns promptly?
• How can senior leaders utilise data and metrics to track progress in diversity and inclusion efforts, creating a culture of inclusive excellence?
• How to arm senior leaders and employees with the ability to identify and mitigate unconscious biases in their own decision-making.
• A robust framework for regularly assessing and improving DE&I initiatives, thereby strengthening the organisation’s reputation as a top employer.
• Proven and proactive measures to address hidden biases and cultivate an inclusive work environment where employees feel valued, thus increasing employee engagement and retention.
• Collaborative networks and allies to facilitate the sharing of best practices and foster a collective sense of responsibility for building an inclusive workplace.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion (DE&I)
3rd October, 2023 at 12:00-1:00pm BST| Online
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